Today was a long time coming, but I finally made it out to Crossfit Rockville. Crossfit is a strength and conditioning program which utilizes weight lifting, running, and plyometrics as its core. There are quite a few Crossfit boxes in Washington, DC but when I learned that Crossfit Rockville was moving to the Rockville metro station, I knew I had to sign up for an introduction class.
I actually signed up a few weeks ago and thankfully have healed from my back strain since then. All week I was anxious and excited to try Crossfit out. What drew me to the program was its intensity and use of olympic lifts. As a discus and hammer thrower, I utilized olympic lifting for my strength training and fitness. I loved it and have been eager to return to it.
This morning I woke up at 6AM to walk Theodore. I was already pumped and nervous for my 12PM class and it was 6 hours away. Around 8:30AM Neal and I decided to nix the farmers market and run a few errands instead. We got a few things done on my car and then ran to Trader Joes. Before I knew it, it was 11:15AM and time to head over to Crossfit!!
When I arrived, I was so pumped to see all of the members stats on the board. I loved seeing their max lifts and to see what all of the women were lifting! It was awesome!
There was a class finishing up when I arrived, which was good because it gave me a chance to see a everyday WOD (workout of the day). Those athletes were sweating. And I mean sweating!
Once everyone arrived for the intro class our trainer began to tell us more about Crossfit, their philosophy, and how the workouts will work. The trainer began to explain that most workouts last only 10 minutes (some workouts are longer). You might be thinking, how is such a short workout going to aid in fat loss and increased fitness abilities? Well, although the workouts may only last 10 minutes some days, you are working out at your max ability/exertion. In addition, the classes are 1 hour, so you’ll spend 10-15 minutes warming up, 15 minutes going through the workout/technique with your trainer, and then 10+ minutes doing your workout.
After talking through the program, we got set up and began to discuss our WOD (workout of the day). For the intro class, the trainer has us do the following…
AMRAP (As Many Reps As Possible) 10 Minutes
- 10 thrusters (squat with a push press)
- 10 burpees
- 10 situps
The workout required us to do the set of 30 (10 thrusters, 10 burpees, and 10 situps) as many times as possible in 10 minutes. I was nervous as heck before we got started but when the gun goes off (or your trainer says go) you have to throw your fears out the window. This workout sucked! I’m just going say it. I felt super strong doing the thrusters, but the burpees wore me out. They definitely sucked the energy from me. The situps, which my trainer said would be like a cool down, were not easy for me either. Maybe it’s my back strain, but they took me forever it seemed. After set one I was like “CRAP, that was only one set … come one Ashley, keep up with everyone!”. In the end I finished with the following stats…
Ashley – 4 rounds + 20 (I did 10 thrusters and 10 burpees but the clock hit 10 minutes when I was about to begin my situps so these counted as a partial set).
For only being a 10 minute workout, it kicked my tail! Thankfully I had a good walk home in order to cool down. I will admit that I thought I was going to upchuck once while walking home but it honestly hurt so good.
So am I going to join Crossfit? We shall see. I’m battling a few emotions and also need to make sure I can take on the membership cost (not cheap). A few times today I felt like I was back in PE class, looking around and feeling like the fat kid. The tall and lean athletes around me intimidated me and made me feel insecure. Will I feel that way every week? Will I be able to do some of the moves required for Crossfit (pullups, gymnastics moves, etc.) or will I fail?
On the flip side, I need this. I need a workout to take me to the next level, I need a workout that pulls me out of my comfort zone, and I need a workout that in the end will rebuild my confidence in my muscles and strength.
As the day comes to an end, I am proud of myself for trying out Crossfit and for conquering my fears. My tired legs and I are off to bed but I am excited to see where we go from here.
**Please note that after attending CrossFit Extreme Fitness I had an extremely negative interaction with the owner Judd. He was rude, judgmental, and egotistical. There are many other CrossFit boxes in Washington DC and would recommend trying out one of those!